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Big Day Out at the Brewery : Nuts and Bolts

K2 Map BIndie Beer Week kicks off tomorrow across the country and the countdown continues to our Big Day Out at the Brewery. Here are some nuts and bolts:

You’ll find K2 in the Ballyraine Industrial Estate. It looks quite different to the idyllic setting of K1 that you see on our Facebook masthead at the moment. That just makes the surprise all the better when you go inside!

There’s parking at the brewery. Please park considerately to allow everyone to squeeze in.

The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until a punctual finish at 8pm. It’s a drop-in event — you don’t need to be there from start to finish so fit it into your day as suits you best.

Brewery tours will run every half hour or so and you can put your name on the list for the tour of your choice when you arrive. Children will be treated to Rick’s special Kid’s Brewery Tour — not to be missed. We’ll probably run this twice during the afternoon.

As well as beer, we’ll be serving homemade soft drinks including some highly experimental shrubs.

Food will be available thoughout the afternoon — Scarpello & Co’s grilled cheese sandwiches as well as fresh oysters.

We’ll be unveiling our brand new Kinnegarland poster and our traditional metal beer signs in our Kinnegar corner shop. We’ll also have the usual T-shirts, hoodies, glasses and gift packs.

Tours and demos will finish up by 5.30pm, in time for Basork’s live performance shortly after 6pm.

All beer will be served in return for a donation to Pieta House.

And remember, the event is booked out so please don’t travel, if you’re not already on the list.

A Hip Hop beer diversion

Francis Madeira’s charming Hip Hops card game arrived here in Donegal in January and promptly fell between the communications cracks. It’s high time we mentioned that Black Bucket was voted one of Ireland’s two representative beers for the first deck “Brews of the World”, an eclectic mix of well-known and lesser-known liquid masterpieces.

Even if you never play the game, watch the instructional video on the Hip Hops website— it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Hit the photo to open the link:

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You can buy the Hip Hops cards through the website and we’ll also be selling our small inventory through the Taproom over the coming weeks.

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Five great last-minute Christmas gift ideas for your favourite beer lover

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NO.1 | €140

The Kinnegar Brewing Academy

Academy for Christmas

Our first Kinnegar Brewing Academy was a howling success. Now we’ve planned another. Delight your beer-mad loved one with a voucher for our next 2-day theory-and-practice blitz on Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1st May 2016.

> Read more about the Kinnegar Brewing Academy

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NO.2 | €30

The Kinnegar Hoodie

Hoodies for Christmas

As worn by bona fide Kinnegar brewers! The Kinnegar-lover’s fashion statement non plus ultra. Our hoodies come in two different styles — zipped and pouch — and in several different colours. Sizes from Small to XL.

Pouch: Navy / Red
Zipped: Rust / Dark Green / Vintage Red

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NO.3 | €18

Kinnegar Glassware

Glasses for Christmas

Your dearly beloved Kinnegar fan has probably spent the last 12 months nobly resisting the urge to pilfer a Kinnegar glass from some unsuspecting Kinnegar outlet. You can reward that fortitude with a 6-pack of Kinnegar glasses. We recommend our 300ML stemmed model for use with our bottled beers but our pint glasses are also lovely.

N.B. Neither brewer nor brewery dog currently available. Glasses only!

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NO.4 | €15

The Kinnegar T

Ts for Christmas

No self-respecting Kinnegar fan should be without their Kinnegar T-shirt. Three designs available.

The Classic (Super-Kinnegarman) S M L XL 2XL
Limeburner Blue / Devil’s Backbone Red / Rustbucket Orange / Scraggy Bay Yellow / Yannaroddy Purple / Black

Finger Puppets S M L
Black / Red / Royal Blue

Kinnegar Concert Tour S M L
Black / Royal Blue / Anthracite Grey

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NO.5 | €10

The Kinnegar Brewery Tour Voucher

Brewery Tours for Christmas

Stocking filler, Chriskindle, treat for yourself — give somebody something they can really look forward to. Our brewery tours are informative, entertaining and enlightening.

> Read more about Kinnegar brewery tours

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Don’t delay!

Order your Kinnegar Christmas gifts by Sunday 20 December to ensure delivery before the big day.

  • Post & packaging costs not included in above prices (we keep them to an absolute minimum).
  • Payment by PayPal or bank transfer.
  • Orders by email on or by telephone on +353 74 915 8874 or +353 86 830 1392.

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Follow the Hops to California

Kathryn Murray Hops On Tour

Kathryn Murray shared this great “Hops on Tour” image on her Facebook page. Somebody is taking our mission of following the hops pretty seriously. Surfing and beer — just like Donegal with a slightly different climate! Take a look at Rincon Brewery here.

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The Big Draw: Are YOU the winner of a spot at the Kinnegar Brewing Academy?

Kinnegar crew double-jobbing on the brewery catwalk

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No need to arrange a special photoshoot to present our new T-shirt designs to the rest of the world. Just line up some of the usual suspects on any sunny day and Bob’s your uncle.

Tom, Manon and Louise already had 6 hours of hard labour under their belts by the time this photo was taken today. Still looking good!

T-shirt stock for the Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS this weekend is already packed. Hoodies too! See you there.

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Brewery tours return to regular summer schedule from Saturday 27 June

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It’s still unseasonably chilly as we approach midsummer’s day but there’s no denying that the summer season has begun. The telephone now rings with predictable regularity as visitors to Kinnegar-land enquire about the possibility of joining a brewery tour. So the good news is that from Saturday 27 June we’re back on our regular summer schedule with tours on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Additional tours on these days will be scheduled subject to demand. See our Visits page for full details.

Please remember that you must book in advance on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392. Try to do it a couple of days ahead of schedule — we can’t guarantee a spot if you leave it until the day! Tours will run provided we have a minimum of four participants.

Tours cost €10 and include a glass of beer in the Taproom at nearby Rathmullan House afterwards. After you’ve learned all about how beer is made you’ll also have a chance to stock up on Kinnegar glassware, T-shirts and giftpacks.

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Use your famous Irish wit to win 2 tickets to the Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival

Limeburger, Scraggly Bay and Rusty Bucket — just three harmless examples of the multitudinous misinterpretations of our beer names that we have noted in the official records. We’re offering 2 free tickets to this weekend’s Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival for the wittiest bastardisation of a Kinnegar beer name. Tweet, facebook or email your finest creations. Deadline midnight tomorrow, 10 March. Non-Irish wit also appreciated!

Kinnegar joins Donegal’s Designer Makers at Christmas Presence this weekend

Donegal Designer Makers are an established collective for top design and craftsmanship in Ireland with members working in ceramics, jewellery, woodworking, painted silk, print, photography, fashion design and textiles. This weekend they present ‘Christmas Presence’, their annual Christmas showcase, at Rathmullan House. This is an excellent opportunity to buy top quality locally made gifts that are unique and a little bit special. There’s something to suit everyone’s budget.

Kinnegar is proud to be included in this festive event once again. We’re delighted to offer great Donegal beer alongside great Donegal design and craftsmanship. Our Ts and hoodies might not win the fashion stakes this weekend but they’re out on their own in the Hip & Cool Christmas Gift Stakes. Our gift packs are already a raging success and the option that includes a glass is going to sell out before Christmas. If you want one, get it now! Vouchers for our brewery tours and beer evenings complete the Kinnegar offering.

Christmas Presence is on from noon to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Combine your Christmas shopping with a walk on the beach, hand-warming at the Rathmullan House fires, and lunch or dinner upstairs in the Cook & Gardener or downstairs in the Taproom.

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Christmas & New Year brewery tour schedule

Think of our brewery tours as “educational” (they really are — as well as being a great deal of fun!). You can learn all about how beer is made and then head to the Taproom afterwards with a clean conscience, confident that you have balanced a good night out with the broadening of your mind. So you end up at even par for the day on your Christmas/New Year indulgence index…

Brewery tours are scheduled for Saturday 27 December, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. They take place at 1pm but we will schedule additional tours on these dates, subject to demand. You must book in advance on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392.

See our Visits page for full details. And remember, vouchers for tours are available at any time.

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Where to buy Kinnegar goodies

Kinnegar Swag

Christmas must be coming!  We’re inundated with enquiries about where to find our Kinnegar giftpacks, T-shirts, hoodies, glassware and vouchers. Here’s the vital information:

Gift Packs*

· The Counter  Canal Road, Letterkenny
· The Taproom  Rathmullan House, open Fri & Sat 5.30–9pm, Sun 1–8pm
· Highland Radio Craft Fair  Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Sunday 7 Dec
· Christmas Presence Donegal Designer Makers, Rathmullan House, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec
· Mail order by contacting Kinnegar directly on 074 915 8874 or
We cannot handle enquiries via Twitter or Facebook!
* Further outlets will be added.

T-Shirts & Hoodies, Glassware

· The Taproom  Rathmullan House, open Fri & Sat 5.30–9pm, Sun 1–8pm
· Highland Radio Craft Fair  Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Sunday 7 Dec
· Christmas Presence  Donegal Designer Makers, Rathmullan House, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec
· Mail order by contacting Kinnegar directly on 074 915 8874 or


Vouchers are available for our regular brewery tours and also for our “Around The World in Eight Beers” evenings which are scheduled to take place every second month during 2015. In this unmissable introduction to the world of beers, we’ll sample eight carefully selected classics to illustrate the differences between the German, Belgian, English, Irish and American beer traditions and cultures. (And if we don’t achieve it in eight beers, we’ll just add a couple more!)

· Highland Radio Craft Fair  Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Sunday 7 Dec
· Christmas Presence  Donegal Designer Makers, Rathmullan House, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec
· Mail order by contacting Kinnegar directly on 074 915 8874 or

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